JAZZ CONCERT ON TUESDAY AT TC

Temple College Faculty Jazz, a group of Temple College Department of Music faculty, will present a combined concert with the Temple College Jazz Combos at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in The Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theater. 

CHISHOLM TRAIL CHRISTMAS BALL

This year’s Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball, an annual gala benefiting the Bell County Youth Fair scholarship fund, will feature music by the legendary McBride & The Ride. The Christmas Ball will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Bell County Expo Center beginning at 6 p.m.

ANNUAL BAZAAR IS DEC. 3 AT HOLY TRINITY

Looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? Holy Trinity Catholic High School will host its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3.  Doors will open at 10 a.m. and more than 40 vendors will be selling a variety of wares, crafts and gifts. There also will be entertainment, food and door prizes.

FOOD TRUCK FRENZY

That Thanksgiving meal will be a distant memory by Dec. 10, and Central Texans will be flocking Downtown Temple for a taste of Food Truck Frenzy, a quarterly mobile-food extravaganza held in conjunction with the monthly market day. One of the many popular food trucks will be Lone Star Burgers, a Moffat-based business that has been cooking cow sandwiches for 7-and-a-half years.

BLUE SANTA TOY DRIVE IS DEC. 2

A downtown street party will help provide hundreds of toys, books and stuffed animals to Temple kids in need. Sammy G’s fifth annual toy drive will be Friday, Dec. 2, on South 1st Street in front of Fire Base Brewing Company, and donations will go toward the Temple Police Department’s Blue Santa Project. 

HOLIDAY MARKET & FOOD TRUCK FRENZY

Burgers, bread, jewelry, artwork, pet supplies and tallow-based skin products — with more than 100 vendors confirmed, the Temple’s Holiday Market & Food Truck Frenzy likely has something for everyone on your shopping list. Presented by the Temple Small Business Coalition, Holiday Market will be 2-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the City Hall parking lot.

KRIS KRINGLE ART CARAVAN

Those who have an art-lover on their holiday shopping list are in luck — a Temple studio is having a Dec. 3 event just for you. The Kris Kringle Artist Caravan, a collection of affordable art by local artists and gifts priced as low as $5, will be at Susan Sterle’s Downtown gallery. Sterle Fine Art Studio is located at 8 N 9th Street in Temple and the event will start at 9 a.m.

‘Fill the Truck’ on First Friday

The Rotary Club of Temple will be collecting food for pantries, money for Salvation Army projects during separate First Friday events on Dec. 2

WAFFLES WITH ANABELLE

There’s nothing wrong with a little believing. Just ask Anabelle, the animated star of Anabelle’s Wish, or the real Anabelle, a partially blind Holstein calf who resides at a Temple rescue. Families can enjoy both Anabelles at a Dec. 20 fundraiser for Tiny Hooves Rescue & Petting Zoo, the local rescue that took in the blind calf earlier this month. Waffles with Annabelle will start at 9 a.m. at The Beltonian.

PREVENTING HOLIDAY CRIME

According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research, property crimes spike by up to 400 percent during the last two weeks of the year. Our Town Temple talked to Temple Police Chief Shawn Reynolds this week about measures residents can take to avoid becoming a holiday crime statistic.